View Full Version : Weekly Pastels 28th April - 4th May

04-27-2003, 06:44 PM
Where does the time fly? ......... yet another week has past ...... ..

the idea is to work as quickly and loosely as possible in a set time that you give yourselves of .30mins, 45mins, 60mins and post your results - you can go back and work on your paintings later if you want to

its open to all...... and at any level..... be the humble beginner, to the plein air pastellist expert.... someone is always around to help and advise..... or just encouragement.....

the link to last weeks thread


04-27-2003, 06:49 PM
I thought I would just show you what Ive been working on tonight...... breaking all the rules..... as there isnt any hee hee
... while surfing for the Riot ref pics, found a pic of a horse..... Id joined a project couple of months back.... so this was perfect..... so much to do..... so little time hee hee..... I must stop rushing to colour and take more time to draw *slaps self on hand..... but I cant help it hee hee

... this is only going to be the practise piece..... and dont worry no further updates on........ just want this thread moving along with pics :)


the ref was quite dark ...... so made the eye bigger so I could just get the placement of it ...... as you can see no where near finished

04-27-2003, 07:38 PM
Wow! I'm very impressed with this Dawn.now post it in a separate thread as a WIP, this is going to turn out fabulous...poor horse looks as if he's got a really heavy load behind him, you can see him struggling there. :clap: :clap:

I'll have to try to get my head around a couple of quickies, but never seem to find the time..I know poor excuse...but it's true :)


04-28-2003, 09:06 AM
He's almost as good as Elvis!:D

04-28-2003, 09:21 AM
ha ha ha

04-28-2003, 03:54 PM
I was keen to use red and blue together in a painting.

Pomegranate, 45 mins, sketched between putting my chicken in the oven to roast and sticking the shallots & garlic in :D


Will probably put some finishing touches to it when I've eaten my dinner :)

04-28-2003, 04:03 PM
Dawn ... love the sense of movement in your horse picture.

04-28-2003, 05:02 PM
Colours look great together EJ..... ya dinner dont sound bad either lol

04-28-2003, 05:49 PM
Worked for another 15-20 mins on this one and I'm calling it done. Forgot to say that it's on grey Ingres.


Where is everybody?? :)

04-28-2003, 06:59 PM
...... perhaps they all went round to yours EJ for dinner :)

...... this was about an hour...... didnt get time to finish anything.... fiddling too much I guess.........


04-28-2003, 07:27 PM
Boy - nice work both of you. Dawn - excellent horse and such great movement and flowing hair. Beautiful job.

And once again - you both come through with exceptional vegies and fruit. Love the pomagrante. They are one of my favorite things to paint and photograph.

Dawn, excellent tomato and onions. Great job.

:D Barb

04-29-2003, 02:31 AM
What a wonderful horse, Dawn. I'd love to pet him... and you have a very luscious tomato and veggy composition going there too!

E-J, I love the darks on your juicy, juicy fruit, and I forgot to mention what a nice (big) kitty you have going there, from last week!

Here's my picture. Had to crop it because of the small scanner, and I don't know which cropping I like better, so showed you both!

The song from the Disney movie Lady and the Tramp keeps going through my head, "I am Siamese..." :p

Did it from life... (quickly :D ) Got the gesture that Sadie, the Siamese, was doing... then, she curled up but I kept going with it, unlike the orange cat... I had to change his pose because I hadn't gotten enough of it...

Hadn't 'planned' on doing this sketch, but was all warmed up from trying something else, and here these kitties were, just waiting to be drawn!!



:cat: :D :cat:


04-29-2003, 05:52 AM
Dawn, cute veggies with good textures. Dinner was delicious, by the way :D Don't you find it liberating to do these sketches from life when you've been working on more involved stuff? I've enjoyed doing a few pictures lately from photo references, but pastelling from life, however humble the subject, is much more fun and exciting. I'd like to do more pomegranates on blue, but I'll need a nice sky blue cloth/scarf so I can get some interest in the background ~ was using a plain old piece of blue pastel paper stuck underneath the pom. Need to get some more vibrant red in there, too.

Erin, I've missed your cat sketches! :cat: Love the expressive marks you make and the way you leave so much of the paper showing... if I tried that I'd probably leave the wrong bits out :D

I got an e-mail this morning telling me that I've been awarded... a 'Community Leadership Medal'!!! How on earth did that happen?? It's made my morning. Thanks WetCanvas :)

04-29-2003, 09:21 AM
love your style Erin.... lol now Im singing ha ha ha...... cats choir!!! :D

congrats EJ .... well yes I like drawing from life..... but I still dont like the time element :p :D ...... part of the enjoyment for me is to see it materialise..... HA! and I cant get that before 60 mins,,,, but I still enjoy painting from photos..... to see if I can add anything to it...... and of course its at your leisure..... and obviously a wider spectre of subjects.... no changes of light and weather conditions hee hee

04-29-2003, 02:18 PM
30 mins, very quick for me, trying to work fast and loose. I realise that's what these sketches are s'posed to be about anyway, but I don't usually manage it!


04-29-2003, 03:21 PM
ErinJ,really love your cat sketches,keep em coming.

EJ nice texture on your pomegranate and you apple looks good too.

DS like what you did with the veggies looks good as is,but the horse is looking super cant wait for the finished one.

Well done everybody:clap:

04-30-2003, 08:38 AM
EJ - Love that pomegranite and the apple, it looks like a Fuji!

Dawn - Great onions and tomato!

Erin - those cats just are natural born models! Terrific sketches!

I'm off to Tampa this morning (Luvy's neighborhood) and have been really bogged down with insurance and taxes (yuck) all week, hoping to make a contribution by the end of the week though!:)

04-30-2003, 08:55 AM
Great sketches coming in this week already! Wonderful cats, Pomegranite on Blue, Apple, and fabulous horse. Good jobs, everybody. Keep 'em coming! I so enjoy seeing them!

'Off to paint (oils) at Teatown Lake Reservation today with my painting buddy....


04-30-2003, 03:12 PM
thanks Guilly, doe, Jamie.......

only reason showing this done, ...... is coz thought of a name...... wish Id added a spud now lolol ...... to go with Pep Talk..... we now have

...... Veggie Tate :D ha ha ha


04-30-2003, 07:44 PM
Dawn ~ how long did it take you to come up with that one? 30, 45 or 60 minutes...? LOLOL :D

That little stalk thingy on the tomato [it just has to have some obscure correct name, no idea what it is tho] is really super! Those tiny little details. Was that Nupastels?

04-30-2003, 08:52 PM
Great-looking fruits and veggies, Dawn and EJ, love your kitty, Erin, and..that's a "practice" horse, Dawn? (wow)
So now it's time for a landscape. I thought this simple spot in the country was appealing, in the moments just before the sun set, but I haven't really done it justice. It's o.p., 5x7
I think it's time I put on a dust mask and got myself a soft-pastel fix.

04-30-2003, 10:10 PM
Originally posted by Dark_Shades



Dawn: Like this very much (and you know me with horsies) you really can get the feel of his burden ... maybe I can see the finished piece? (and everyone else???)LOL

04-30-2003, 10:26 PM
E-J: Nice work on your Pomegranate and your apple!

erinj: Love the looseness of your work --the bottom crop makes an especially nice composition (by the way) .. so I thank your scanner! I like when a picture zooms in on a subject!

Sundiver: Nice landscape. I think you can feel the sunset (maybe but I'm no expert ...a little darker on the shadows might bring it out more tho)

Dawn: like your veggies also ... was looking around for a "life" subject for this week's thread and you and E-J gave me a "thought" (which my family would testify to is very "rare") ... the "refrigerator"

I will be back with the results (not a picture of the refrigerator either) ...


05-01-2003, 12:45 AM
This should have been posted last week, I guess, since I did them Friday.

Two plein-air sketches on Canson. The first is on Indian-red paper, which I forgot to turn over to the smooth side.

The golds and yellows all disappeared in the digital picture, making it much duller. The yellowish tree in the background is a bright mustard, and there are streaks of ochre along the shoreline. Just imagine you can see them.


The second turned out TOO yellow in the digital. Go figure. This one is on a sort of kelly-green paper. I got a lot of pre-cut sheets just right for sketch size, in a lot of different colours, but I'm developing a preference for steel gray for everything.


05-01-2003, 12:50 AM
Eek!:o That was supposed to be two different pictures! I'll try again.


05-01-2003, 01:09 AM
Do pardon me for popping up a third time. Just want to say I'm seeing a lot to admire here, as usual.

Dawn, I like the horse a lot, he really seems to be moving. And your veggies have a lovely glow. The tomato definitely looks edible.

E-J, a series of pomegranates on blue is a great idea! Such an interesting fruit, and you did a beautiful job on it.

Erin, your cats have very cat-like gestures. Who can ask for more? (They look like beautiful cats, too. I love red cats, used to have a beauty named Fiddler. I've always wanted a Siamese too. Maybe someday.)

Sundiver - always love your landscapes; I can feel the sunset light.

05-01-2003, 04:47 AM
Agnes, that second one is GORGEOUS! With that zingy purple/blue in the branches and the yellow in the grass, you've made a really pretty picture from what is a fairly stark subject. Those delicate pastel marks... lovely.... and I get a feeling of distance with the far shoreline, too. Perhaps you can tell that I'm really taken with this one :)

Wendy, how many of these 5x7's have you got now? Perhaps you could display them in multiple frames? They are a great series. Will be a treat for you to play with the softies again but you have become such a master of oil pastels. I also caught the coloured pencil pictures you posted to the 'cp progress' thread... the apples and silverware were a signature Wendy subject, and beautifully done. Really liked the reflections in the silver :)

B/Roni, I am ALWAYS thinking of the fridge... whether it's to feed my art or my belly... ;) Glad my [artistic] gluttony somehow inspired you :D

Dawn... yes, we all want to see the horse when it's finished. How's it going? Hasn't done a runner, has it? :)

05-01-2003, 09:21 AM
Originally posted by E-J
Dawn ~ how long did it take you to come up with that one? 30, 45 or 60 minutes...? LOLOL :D

That little stalk thingy on the tomato [it just has to have some obscure correct name, no idea what it is tho] is really super! Those tiny little details. Was that Nupastels?

The title? ....... seconds...... my brain works fast :D

..... correct name is...... that little stalk thingy :D

yup .... Nupastels

05-01-2003, 09:23 AM
Originally posted by sundiver

So now it's time for a landscape. I thought this simple spot in the country was appealing, in the moments just before the sun set, but I haven't really done it justice. It's o.p., 5x7
I think it's time I put on a dust mask and got myself a soft-pastel fix.

I really like this to Wendy....... the buildings add such a piece of interest........ I like the white of the tree showing...... and the light on the roof

05-01-2003, 09:24 AM
Originally posted by angecald
Eek!:o That was supposed to be two different pictures! I'll try again.


I like your landscapes Ang........ but especially this one..... its almost 3D

05-01-2003, 06:40 PM
..... only news is ....... my paper arrived tonight along with the Senn pastels..... lol I cant remember how you spell the name ha ha ...... so I had to have a scribble...... Jamie was right, are a bit crumbly..... Id picked out some good greens I think..... and some not so good :) ...... the paper looks good too..... order rainbow pack of art spectrum..... which isnt rainbow at all, rather nice..... there is this lovely terracota sheet..... and I ordered a velour pad

..... spent the whole evening wandering round the house looking for something to take my fancy to paint :(

Nuffink!!! :crying: what a waste

05-01-2003, 07:30 PM
Gosh there are so many paintings here that have caught my admiration...great artistry going on here, veggie tates. :D: love it and them,,,, super landscapes, pomegranates, horses...and those siamese cats...yes I'm singing the tune too, hope I haven't missed anyone.. but so much to comment on, you are so good, I must pull my finger out and do something...

Dawn...like you I've been scratching and searching for ideas... nuffink here either.....How about a..... self portrait?.... (Mo is running for cover........) :D:evil: :D:

05-02-2003, 10:52 AM
Okay I was going for 45 minutes (trying to work faster and looser) but when I looked up it was exactly ... one hour

Here it is:
9"x12" Grey Canson Rough Side, Sennelier Softs

One on the left 1 hour..................................... Thought I would try and finish it .... worked about 2 more hours!

All comments welcome!!!!
Guess I should try and use a timer next time ... LOL


05-02-2003, 12:26 PM
Roni - looking great!!! Glad you got in there and took it further.

Well done.


05-02-2003, 01:50 PM
Looking good Roni....... see how wonderful it looks with the little hightlight

05-02-2003, 07:30 PM
Originally posted by angecald
Eek!:o That was supposed to be two different pictures! I'll try again.


This is lovely ... I'd love to see it framed ... beautiful effect! Thank you for sharing with us!


05-02-2003, 08:07 PM
oops...I guess I should have posted this here

going to try to keep up with you guys on this weekly thing now......got too many more pastels in a buying frenzy....so I need to PRACTICE mucho!!

OK...today....45 minutes:

05-02-2003, 10:23 PM
Dawn that is a great looking horse, really smashing!
EJ, very nice apple and pomagranete, and I know its in another thread, but those grapes were excellent, as well as the crystal bowl, really nice!
Erin, that cat painting is nice, it's got this "french" sort of look to it, is it Talouse Latrec I'm thinking of? Did I spell it right? Anyway, something like that, but in any case really cute!
Nice landscape Agnes! And same with yours Wendy, nice scence with the barn, like Roni say's they should be in frames.
Roni, that is a nice frameable trio of fruit for the kitchen, pantry, somewhere around the area. After posting this Pampes came up so came back in to say another nice one for a frame!
Wow, my scroll button was getting a workout, had to keep going back to see who belonged to what, and I'm hoping I got it all right. (did I Mo?)

05-03-2003, 05:35 AM
Originally posted by pampe
oops...I guess I should have posted this here

going to try to keep up with you guys on this weekly thing now......got too many more pastels in a buying frenzy....so I need to PRACTICE mucho!!

OK...today....45 minutes:

Ohhhh your'e image didnt come up with the quote Pampe...... well this was a feast for my eyes this morning!!!...... welcome aboard Pampe ....... this is so lovely and bright and happy ....... love the close up .... great colours..... love the blue and the red, and the subtleties of the spring onion........ the highlight on the blue plate really sets the whole thing off...... great, really like this ....... very refreshing :clap:

05-03-2003, 07:12 AM
Apologies Pampe saw in your other thread, this isnt a spring onion, its a leek lolol
..... lol you must have BIG tommies over there hee hee or small Leeks ;) :D

..... what pastels are you using Pampe

05-03-2003, 02:02 PM
obviously tons to do, but this is just under an hour....... was hoping I could of finished..... ha ha ha


05-03-2003, 04:05 PM
Nice juicy-looking veg from Pam and Roni :)

Alan, great to see you back! :D

Dawn, who's this now? Looks a bit like Tom Selleck so far. I still haven't attempted a pastel portrait yet... not sure I ever will...

Was away this w/e and all I got the chance to do was this one-hour oil pastel sketch based on a picture in a book on Monet.

Picked up some great objects for my still lifes, tho! :D

05-03-2003, 05:12 PM
well Im on the right track then EJ ;) ..... so come on spill the beans..... whaddya get? ...... I went out with the same idea, and came with some nice clothes to wear lol

05-03-2003, 08:18 PM
Great veggies, Roni and Pam, and angelcald, I love your plein aires, especially the one with tree in foreground. Dawn, I think it's Tom Sellick too- whoever he is, he's cute. E-J, your Monet is charming.
Here's one for the bin, although I may have a go at the back first. It was a Bad Idea, bad composition, bumpy paper, too small, should have used soft pastel instead of o.p., muddy color, etc etc.
I went over the hour because I kept scraping it off to start over.
Scanned it anyway. What the heck, can't win 'em all. I noticed it didn't look as bad as a thumbnail, so I made the file quite small!
But not small enough!

05-03-2003, 10:19 PM
I'm baaaack.....With my first attempt at oil pastels....and some Pep Talk specially for Dawn....with apologies! Dawn, if you get sick, you can yell at me! This was under an hour, 5X7, smooth side of grey Canson MiTientes. 'Not sure how I feel about OPs, but I sure don't like this sketch! I found them hard to work with compared to soft pastels.


05-04-2003, 09:05 AM
Jamie ~ I think your first op is excellent!! Love the shine you got on those peppers. :clap:

05-04-2003, 09:20 PM
Hi guys,

Well, last minute uploading. First I want to comment though on how much I liked 1) the plein air paintings by Wendy and Agnes! I can feel the sun in that meadow with the little buildings, Sundiver, and Agnes, I can hear the water and feel the breezes in your paintings! Wonderful work.

B/Roni, I bought some apples today because yours is so tempting!!

Pampe, I love the purity of your colors, and the wonderful close-up composition. I want to try something like that next!

Dark Shades, I see your beginning sketch of this handsome cowboy here, and I saw the finished sketch on the big board. Love his skin tones and the hat is really great... clothing and bandana too! Very good!

Jamie, I can see the sheen on those peppers! You have given them life with your oil pastels! You are so good now in so many mediums! Which medium will you work in next?? I don't want to miss it!

Sundiver, I liked very very much your river/stream plein air with the red on the trees in the foreground. It is bright and cheery, and a great composition.

E-J, I also think your Monet is charming! You are doing many different things too, and I can't wait to see what's next!

I hope I didn't miss anyone... I saw Guilliame's boats and folks and am inspired by G. to try figures in landscapes but for me this is very hard. I really admire your work, Guilliame!

Ok, here's the rest of my week's pastel sketches. I had promised Jamie I'd do a little bit of everything... the house and irises are plein air.... the still lifes and bandana self-portrait are from life.... and I did copy a photo which I'll put up on last week's pastel riot.

Thanks for looking!
Have a great painting week everybody!







05-04-2003, 09:26 PM
P.S. In the house sketch, that's ivy growing on the chimney, not part of that willowy cedar branch... I want to continue to work on that one... maybe continue on with the self portrait too, oh, and perhaps the irises, especially the background. I want to begin doing leaves better, there is a holly bush with those fun, pointy leaves behind the irises. I'd like to learn to be more clear with the flowers too.

Oh well... onward to week of May 5th, 2003!
Thanks everybody!


05-05-2003, 05:16 AM
Absolutely great stuff here ErinJ........ all these different subjects :clap: ........ love the Iris's and your self portrait......... you look like Bnoonan, especially for 'that' thread hee hee..... will be good to see how you work on these more, so dont forget to show us

05-05-2003, 11:51 AM
Wow Erin - fabulous job. Your work is always so loose and free and fun!!! The deep purple frill on the irises is stunning.

Love the bandana. It looks like you came by my place and painted.

Dawn, my sister used to call Tom Selleck - Mr. Hubba Hubba. Is there a theme going here? Elvis... Tom...?

Jamie - great vegetables. For someone new to this medium you seem to e taking it on well.

Wendy - it's a good little landscape and I know exactly what you mean about thumbnail versions looking better than life sometimes. Good color and winding water.


05-05-2003, 12:12 PM
Originally posted by bnoonan

Dawn, my sister used to call Tom Selleck - Mr. Hubba Hubba. Is there a theme going here? Elvis... Tom...?


dont know Barb lolol....... its good fun rubbing shoulders with the Stars hee hee ....... I self edited there lolol ...... could of been very rude!!! :evil: ;) :D

05-06-2003, 09:40 AM
Erin ~ I keep coming back to this thread to look at that iris sketch again! It's really something special :)

05-06-2003, 01:29 PM
Thanks guys,
Your so nice and encouraging. I wish I could set up my life to get to art more consistently...
I think we need to sell a house, and so I have to go through junk and figure out how to get repairs done... To focus on art seems such a luxury... what a dream...
you are so sweet to keep encouraging me. Art is such a wonderful thing to have in our lives, isn't it. I hope you are having a good start to your painting week, everybody!
Jamie, I saw your new studio all fixed up. Looks wonderful!!!
Happy painting!
P.S. One day, in the Fall or Spring, I should have you all out to our lakehouse, (it has many bedrooms and bathrooms!) for a painting retreat! We can paint the Texas wildflowers, the little lake here, the sunsets and sunrises over the lake, take canoe paddle trips. Perhaps next year things will be organized enough for that.